February 13th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” To commemorate February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel read a proclamation to students at Columbia City High School Tuesday.
Whitley Countyâ€™s Domestic Violence Task Force (WCDVTF) spearheaded the event and joined with other local organizations such as the Columbia City Police Department, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), Leadership Whitley County Youth and Columbia City Youth Council to impress on high school students the seriousness of dating violence.
Cody Rice, a Columbia City resident and senior at Bishop Dwenger High School, was awarded the Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship, a full tuition and housing college scholarship.
Evans Scholars are golf caddies who were selected based on four criteria: A strong caddie record, excellent academics, demonstrated financial need and outstanding character.
Rice was awarded the scholarship to Purdue University, where he will live in the Evans Scholarship House on campus. The scholarship is valued at more than $70,000 over four years.
Rice has been a caddy at Sycamore Hills Golf Club.
Construction is still underway at Churubusco schools. Part of the renovation includes a new cafeteria, newly designed front entrance, as well as asbestos removal in the auditorium.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” In recent monthly meetings, the South Whitley Town Council has entertained several comments from the public regarding tree concerns.
However, the council has continued to be rooted on the issue â€“ trees are the responsibility of the property owners.
Tuesday nightâ€™s meeting was no different. Concerns over two possible dead trees were up for discussion, and the board agreed that once again, it should be the concern of the property owner.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel will give a State of the City address Friday at Parkview Whitley Hospital.
The event will be a luncheon from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Whitley County Chamber of Commerce is hosting the address.
Daniel will discuss his first year in office and will also allow time for questions.
Attendance at the event is expected to be robust. Doug Brown, executive director of the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce, estimates 50 people have already made reservations.
Northeastern REMC is hosting their annual Valentineâ€™s Day Blood Drive today from 7:30 a.m. to noon.
The American Red Cross will be at Northeastern REMC's office at 4901 E. Park 30 Drive in Columbia City. Those that wish to donate can call Deanna at 625-3700 or 244-6111, extension 412, to schedule a donation appointment.
Everyone donating blood will be entered into a region-wide drawing for a NCAA Sweet 16 package from the American Red Cross!
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ€” â€śWhitley County LIFE: Learning, Living & Lots of Funâ€ť is a series of special sections to be published in The Post & Mail in mid-March that will focus on quality of life issues.
The series of special sections will be published on consecutive days in The Post & Mail. The sections will be exciting, graphic-oriented compilations by the newspaperâ€™s award-winning news-editorial staff examining criteria for Whitley County concerning livability.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Indian Springs Middle School hosted a wrestling invitational Saturday with four middle schools.
East Noble, Lakeland, Adams Central and Lincoln fell to the Eagles, who went 3-0 on the day and beat last yearâ€™s champions from Lincoln.
In the championship match, Indian Springs was trailing Lincoln with two wrestlers remaining. In the third period, Jackson Wilcoxon pinned his man to make the score 44-42. ISMS was behind by two points going into the final match.
Weston Ottinger pinned his opponent in eight seconds to make the score 48-44 â€” and take the win.
Mason Rhodes, 17, daughter of John And Julie Rhodes, Columbia City High School, signed with Indiana Techâ€™s girls bowling team last week.
Rhodes is graduating from CCHS as a junior and has been a member of Columbia Cityâ€™s varsity bowling team for three years. She finished the regular high school season with a 198 average, carries a high game of 266 and a series high of 694. Rhodes is the 2012-13 girls team captain. The girls team was sectional champion and regional champs.
Pictured, from left, Indiana Tech bowling coach Larry Secrist, Mason Rhodes, Indiana Tech coach Greg Kirnberger.
FORT WAYNE â€” Five Indian Springs Middle School students were honored with Gold Key Awards for their art submitted in a scholastic contest. Seventeen out of 85 pieces were chosen to be put on display at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art from Feb. 10 through April 7.
ISMS art teacher, Mary Hilger, accompanied the students at the Scholastic Art Ceremony Sunday at the Grand Wayne Center in Fort Wayne.
Megan Jagger won three Gold Key Awards along with Abigail Schrader and Hailey Hackworth for their photos. Hackworth picked up her second award with her drawing.